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Prof Ian Jacobs
  • Honorary Professor
  • UCL EGA Institute for Women's Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Ian Jacobs combines a career as a gynaecologist and oncologist, with directing a research programme and a leadership role in the NHS and University sector. He was appointed as Dean UCL Faculty of Biomedical Sciences in July 2009 having previously held the role of Director of Health Sciences Research at UCL and Partner NHS Trusts since 2007. He moved to UCL in 2004 to take up a new Chair of Women's Health and set up the UCL Institute for Women's Health. In 2006 he took on the roles of Director of the UCLH/UCL Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre and Vice-Dean of Biomedicine at UCL. During 2006 he led the successful application for a UCLH/UCL Comprehensive Biomedical Centre which received funding of £90m. In 2009 he led the presentation to the Department of Health review panel which resulted in accreditation of the UCL Partners Academic Health Science Centre and he is now Research Director of UCL Partners.

Ian has led research in risk stratification, screening and prevention of gynaecological cancer for over 20 years and directs a laboratory and clinical research£30m from the MRC, CRUK and DoH. He directs the national UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS) involving 200,000 women in the UK and the national UK Familial Ovarian Cancer screening Study (UKFOCSS). He has over 200 publications on topics related to cancer, genetics and biomarkers in screening and diagnosis.

Ian has a passion for using the clinical and research expertise and technology available in the UK to make progress in the developing world and in 2004 with colleagues in the Institute for Women's Health at UCL and UCLH he initiated the Uganda Women's Health Initiative which he Chairs. The programme in Uganda now involves projects ranging from neonatal resuscitation, through obstetrics to cervical cancer screening, cancer treatment and palliative care. He was President of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society from 2001-2004 and President of the European Society of Gynaecological Oncologists from 2005-2007.

He has been heavily involved in charitable fund medical research throughout his career. He founded the Gynaecology Cancer Research Fund in 1985 and the charity has successfully developed the Eve Appeal which has generated over £12m of research funding. Ian is Medical Director of the Eve Appeal, a Trustee of Health of Women and Patron of Safehands for Women and Chai Life Line.
Research Summary

Ian has established a translational research programme which covers the spectrum of gynaecological cancer from molecular laboratory based studies through screening and prevention to novel surgical approaches. The research team includes postdoctoral scientists, clinical research fellows, technicians and research nurses as well as secretarial and administrative support staff. Current research projects  are both clinical and laboratory based. The focus of the research programme is the application of new technology (molecular, biochemical, imaging and surgical) to prevention, detection and therapy for gynaecological cancers.

Teaching Summary

In addition to overall responsibility for organising medical student teaching in women’s health Ian has extensive experience of teaching at various levels:  

Medical Students:
·      Mentoring groups of medical students (5 at present) 
·      Organisation of the teaching programme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
·      Obstetrics and gynaecology representative on working group to develop community teaching
·      Informal teaching in out patients and on ward rounds
·      Participation in and organisation of OSCE’s
·      Planning and teaching on a breaking bad news course for medical students
·      Final MB examinations

Nursing staff:
·      Informal teaching on ward
·      Lecturing nurses in training
·      Lecturing nurses on postgraduate courses
·      Organisation of nursing conferences on gynaecological cancer topics

Lay individuals
·      Lecturing at health information meetings
·      Television, radio and newspaper interviews
·      Question and answer sessions
·      Preparation of information leaflets
·      Medical advisor to charitable organisations (Ovacome, Helene Harris Trust)

Junior Medical staff
·      Informal ward and outpatient teaching
·      Supervision of departmental meetings
·      Surgical training
·      Lecturing at departmental meetings
·      Lecturing at postgraduate courses
·      Organisation of regular departmental postgraduate teaching sessions

Research staff
·      Direction, supervision and training of a research team including numerous postdoctoral scientists
·      Supervision of clinical research fellows to successful MD’s (5)
·      Supervision of PhD students to successful awards (6)
·      Supervision of medical students and junior medical staff undertaking research projects

Invited lectures
·      Numerous national and international meetings

2009 Executive Dean Faculty of Biomedicine UCL, United Kingdom
2009 Research Directror UCL Partners Academic Health Science Centre UCL, United Kingdom
2006 – 2008 Director of Research and Development   UCL Hospital, United Kingdom
2006 – 2009 Dean Health Sciences Research   UCL and NHS Partners, United Kingdom
2006 – 2010 Director Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre UCL, United Kingdom
2006 – 2008 Vice Dean of Research Faculty of Biomedicine UCL, United Kingdom
2006 – 2008 Director Jt Biomedical Research Unit UCL Hospital, United Kingdom
2006 – 2010 Director National Institute for Health Research UCL Hospital, United Kingdom
2004 – 2009 Director Institute of Women's Health UCL, United Kingdom
2004 Consultant Gynaecologist & Oncologist   UCL Hospital, United Kingdom
2004 Head Research Department Gynaecological Oncology UCL, United Kingdom
2002 – 2004 Director Institute of Cancer, Bart's and The London Queen Mary College, University of London, United Kingdom
2002 – 2004 Associate Research Dean Bart's and The London Queen Mary College, University of London, United Kingdom
2000 – 2004 Co-Director Cancer Reseearch UK, Bart's and The London Queen Mary College, University of London, United Kingdom
2000 – 2004 Head of Department Oncology and Gynaecology, Bart's and The London Queen Mary College, University of London, United Kingdom
1998 – 2004 Professor and Head of Department Gynaecology and Oncology, Bart's and The London Queen Mary College, University of London, United Kingdom
1996 – 2004 Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist   Bart's and The London NHS Trust, United Kingdom
1992 – 1994 Senior Registrar Oncology and Gynaecology Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom
FEB-1990 – MAY-1991 Registrar Oncology and Gynaecology Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom
OCT-1988 – JAN-1990 Registrar Oncology and Gynaecology The Royal London Hospital, United Kingdom
SEP-1984 – OCT-1985 Senior House Officer Oncology and Gynaecology The Royal London Hospital, United Kingdom
JAN-1984 – AUG-1984 House Physician   Mount Vernon Hospital, United Kingdom
AUG-1983 – JAN-1984 House Surgeon   Middleses Hospital, United Kingdom
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